Frank C. Sluzis, Esq.Senior Associate Attorney
Chair – Alcoholic Beverages Section
Attorney Frank C. Sluzis joined the Firm in 2007 and has over 35 years of legal experience. He is based in our Harrisburg Office and practices throughout Pennsylvania. Attorney Sluzis focuses his practice on family law, criminal defense, liquor license/alcoholic beverages and gaming law.
In his criminal defense practice, Attorney Sluzis has represented thousands of individuals over the years and has tried over 100 cases to bench or jury trials, including several homicide cases. He represents individuals charged with all types of crimes from Misdemeanors to Felonies including DUIs, Firearms and Drug Offense, Violent Crimes, Theft and White-Collar cases and all other serious crimes in both state and federal courts across Pennsylvania. Mr. Sluzis is also certified to represent clients in capital cases. He has developed an expertise in defending individuals charged with various sex offenses including those involving the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) and Sexually Violent Predator designations. Attorney Sluzis also maintains an extensive practice in Traffic Offense cases handling those involving Non-Commercial Driver’s Licenses Classes A, B, C and M and Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) Classes A, B and C both at the Magisterial District Court level and upon appeal to the Court of Common Pleas. Attorney Sluzis is adept at defending these cases and at negotiating a favorable plea that reduces points or saves a license suspension.
In addition to his criminal defense practice, Attorney Sluzis has over three decades of experience handling family law cases, including every type of divorce, support, custody, protection from abuse and child and youth services cases. He is a former Divorce Master of Dauphin County and Divorce and Support Court Master in Schuylkill County. In this capacity, Attorney Sluzis presided over hundreds of divorce and support cases, received evidence, heard testimony, making evidentiary and procedural rulings and recommended orders on the equitable distribution of assets and liabilities and the award of alimony. Through his work as the Court Master presided over divorce and support cases, Attorney Sluzis acquired invaluable experience in the area of family law that few other attorneys can offer. In his current practice, Attorney Sluzis has developed an emphasis in complex divorce cases involving large assets such as pensions and family businesses. Attorney Sluzis says “knowledge is power” and employs a comprehensive analysis of the parties’ income and expenses, assets and liabilities in order to better position his client in negotiations or trial.
As the former Chief Prosecutor of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) Nuisance Bar program and former Assistant Counsel to the PLCB, Attorney Sluzis is well-versed on liquor license law and regulations effecting all forms of alcoholic beverage manufacturing, distributing, selling and serving. During this time prosecuting liquor licensees for violations of the Liquor Code, Attorney Sluzis gained extensive experience and developed a strong understanding of the laws, regulations both written and unwritten related to liquor license citations, enforcement, non-renewals and forfeitures.
Now, as the Chair of the Scaringi Law Alcoholic Beverage Section, Attorney Sluzis puts his years of experience prosecuting liquor licensees to work defending them against actions by the Bureau of Liquor Code Enforcement (BLCE). He also advises business clients in the purchase, renewal and sale of every type of liquor license in Pennsylvania including the “H” (Hotel) License and the “R” (Restaurant) License, “E” Eating Place License and “D” (Distributor) and ID (“Importing Distributor”) Licenses. Attorney Sluzis represents bars and restaurants, distributors and importing distributors located within Pennsylvania and in states across the country in all aspects of their businesses involving the sale of alcoholic beverages in Pennsylvania. Attorney Sluzis has also developed an emphasis on representing craft brewers, wineries and distillers. Attorney Sluzis also serves as independent consultant who is retained by other attorneys to provide his expert opinion in court on the value of liquor licenses. He has been accepted as an expert witness in the value of liquor licenses in courts throughout Pennsylvania. He has extensive experience representing clubs, taverns and other entities involved in obtaining and defending Local Option Small Games of Chance Licensing and other matters regulated by the BLCE and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. Attorney Sluzis is well-versed and experienced in the Pennsylvania Local Option Small Games of Chance Act.
Attorney Sluzis is a member of the Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association – a statewide association of restaurants, bars and hotels. He currently serves on two committees: Alcohol Service and Government Affairs where he is frequently called upon to provide his expertise on Pennsylvania’s liquor laws and regulations to the members. Attorney Sluzis is also a member of the Pennsylvania Tavern Owners Association and often is a presenter on liquor law at chapter meetings.
Attorney Sluzis also maintains an active gaming license practice before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB). Attorney Sluzis represents individuals and entities including but not limited to casino facilities, manufacturers, suppliers, gaming service providers, principals, key employees, gaming level 2 employees, gaming employees and non-gaming employees in all matters before the PGCB. Attorney Sluzis represents licensees and intended licensees in completing, submitting, obtaining and renewing licenses, permits and registrations. He also represents individuals and entities before the Office of Hearings and Appeals and the Gaming Control Board in all matters involving licenses including enforcement actions by the Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement and appeals to the Commonwealth Court. Attorney Sluzis also has developed a niche practice representing companies interested in placing Video Gaming Terminals at Pennsylvania truck stops.
Representative Clients for Alcoholic Beverages Section:
Southern Star Brewing
Anngene, Inc. t/a Cracker’s
Bar B Corp. t/a Good Old Days Tavern
Harrisburg Midtown Arts
Champions Sports Bar, LLC
Gamma Management Group, Inc. t/a Legends Ramada Inn
Gemstar Enterprises, Inc. t/a Ruby’s Saloon
Norland Pub, Inc.
Ristorante Paparazzi, Inc.
Shad Brothers, Inc.
Sierra Madre II, Inc.
Stadium Club Sports Tavern, Inc.
Varblomst, Inc. t/a Candelite Lounge
William Penn Restaurant
Representative Clients for Gaming Law:
Shah VGT Services, Inc.
Representative Clients for Small Games of Chance Law:
Crooked Billet Home Assn.
American Legion Guy Shelly Post 974
Blue Ridge Sportsmen’s Assn, Inc.
Catholic Men’s Fraternal Club
Chambersburg American Legion
Greencastle American Legion Post 373
Hanover Amvets Post 22
Hanover Fraternal Order of Eagles
Legal Assistant:Attorney Sluzis is assisted by his paralegal, Amy M. Brady. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies. In 2013, Ms. Brady joined Scaringi Law and has over 8 years of experience as a paralegal. She takes great interest in Mr. Sluzis’s clients and their cases. Ms. Brady is a true partner to Mr. Sluzis and is always willing and able to take care of any client need or request.
Joined the firm
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Defense
- Family Law
- Workers' Compensation
- Liquor License Law
- Municipal Law
- Small Games of Chance
- Pennsylvania, 1984
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- J.D. - 1984
Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
- B.A. cum laude - 1981
- Frank C. Sluzis, Attorney at Law, Elizabethtown, PA, 2006 - 2007
- Dauphin County, Divorce Court Master, 2006 - 2007
- Elliott, Greenleaf, Siedzikowski & Balaban, Harrisburg, PA, Associate Attorney, 2005 - 2006
- Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB), Office of Chief Counsel, Former Assistant Counsel
- PLCB Nuisance Bar Program, Harrisburg, PA, Chief Prosecutor, 2001 - 2005
- Sluzis & Markosky, Attorneys at Law, PC, Shenandoah, PA, Partner, 1999 - 2001
- Frank C. Sluzis, Attorney at Law, Shenandoah, PA, Solo Practitioner, 1993 - 1999
- Schuylkill County Divorce and Support Court Master, Pottsville, PA, Master, 1993 - 1998
- Schuylkill County Domestic Relations Office, Pottsville, PA, Staff Attorney, 1990 - 1993
- DeSantis & Menconi, Attorneys at Law, Tamaqua, PA, Associate Attorney, 1990 - 1993
- Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Labor and Industry, Bureau of Workers' Compensation, Harrisburg, PA, Regional Counsel, 1987 - 1990
- Anthony J. Miernicki, Attorney at Law, PC, Shenandoah, PA, Associate Attorney, 1985 - 1987
- The Hon. Edwin Naythons, United States Magistrate, United States Courthouse, Philadelphia, PA, Law Clerk, 1983 - 1984
- Elderly Law Project, Temple University, Philadelphia, Student Attorney, 1982 - 1983
- American Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Administrative Law Section
- Criminal Law Section
- Family Law Section
- Workers' Compensation Section
- American Association for Justice
- Federal Bar Association
- St. Thomas Moore Society of Central Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association Alcohol Service Committee
Blog Entries by Frank C. Sluzis, Esq.
Scaringi Law“We could not have imagined a better outcome. Your staff was professional, courteous and exceptional.”I'd like to send you this correspondence reflecting my great appreciation for your firm's handling of my son's case. We could not have imagined a better outcome. Your staff was professional, courteous and exceptional. I want to thank Attorney Frank Sluzis who was instrumental in helping us decide the direction of the case. In addition, I want to thank Frank who was not only brilliant in the courtroom, but also excellent with (my son) making him feel confident, informed and most of all, well represented. Please share my gratitude with your outstanding attorney. I will certainly be recommending your firm to anyone in need of your specialty.
Scaringi Law“Excellent representation in the court room and more than pleased with the outcome of our criminal case.”I have never had the opportunity to work with such an intelligent and well- grounded individual as Mr. Frank Sluzis. His knowledge of expertise was amazing and prompt follow ups in addressing my many questions and concerns throughout this process. Excellent representation in the court room and more than pleased with the outcome of our criminal case. Highly recommend Mr. Sluzis! Should friends or loved ones face similar hardships I will recommend they contact Mr. Sluzis with my utmost confidence. God Bless Us.
Scaringi Law“I feel I received everything I could ask for in my case.”My Lawyer, Frank Sluzis was an excellent Lawyer. I needed him for my Workers Comp when I injured my back at work. I feel I received everything I could ask for in my case. I feel it was a satisfied case. I also believe it was an honest case. Thank you all for all you have done.